God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1) by Kate Locke

This book brought me out of a semi-book hangover. Or maybe a book exhaustion. I am a strict TBR reader and I absolutely need to finish the TBR I set for myself, but this week I really haven’t been feeling it since finishing Honor Lost. It was just so good!!

But God Save the Queen was such a fun read! In this Historical Fantasy, the British nobility have been infected with plague that has turned them into Vampires, Werewolves and Goblins oh my! Queen Victoria is alive and well, still ruling the throne to this day. Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite guard, made up of halves–part aristocrat/supernatural creature and part human, her duty is to serve and protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister supposedly turns up dead Xandra is determined to find out why someone has faked Didi’s death.

This was such an interesting world. Parts old English, part sci-fi, and part fantasy, it has a little bit of everything I enjoy in a story. The mystery/revolution aspect related to Xandra’s sister was probably my favorite. I always love a good uprising.

I really liked Xandra, she’s determined to get answers and she’s not afraid to get dirty to do it. All of the various figures in this made it such a cool experience since they’re now in the present time. However, this world was a bit behind on technology. I enjoyed Xandra’s relationships with her family, as convoluted and strained as they were. I loved how her relationship with Vex, the werewolf alpha, he is delicious.

I’m excited to see where this series will go after everything that happened/was revealed in the end. Very interesting conclusion!

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